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Man Remembers JFK Assassination as a UC Student

Updated: Friday, November 22 2013, 09:27 AM EST
CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- For many who were alive when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on that fateful day in Dallas, they'll tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing.

News of the assassination spread quickly across the nation. Local 12's Adam Clements has one local man's memory of that day.

It seems every generation has that one seminal moment that sticks out as a lasting memory that you'll never forget and perhaps none are more tragically memorable than the JFK assassination.

The president's motorcade turning that corner, followed by the shooting and the first lady frantically reaching for her husband. Then,  Lee Harvey Oswald being shot and killed by Jack Ruby. Of course,  that lasting image of John F. Kennedy, Junior saluting his slain father during the funeral procession days later. It was unfolding right before the eyes of the entire nation.

Gary Volz was a junior at the University of Cincinnati in 1963. He says he remembers it like it was yesterday. He first got word of the assassination while he was on campus, headed to class.

He initially thought it was just a cruel joke but quickly realized this was all too real. "Numb, didn't really know what to think, it was just an awful empty feeling and you just didn't know what to think and so some of us just went to our cars and went on home. You could see the flags coming down all over the buildings and it was one of those days you'll never forget."

Volz says it was a surreal feeling, one that was tough to process for him and so many others. A day and a moment in history he will never forget. He says it'll be difficult not to think back to that point in time today.

 

 Man Remembers JFK Assassination as a UC Student


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